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Reddit Begins Testing Own Verification Mark and Unveils New Accessibility Features

Joining other social media platforms, Reddit is testing its own "official" verification badge, while also launching new accessibility features for its apps.

Reddit Tests Verification Badge & New Accessibility Features

In line with the growing trend among social media platforms, Reddit is testing its own "official" verification badge. This move follows similar initiatives by Twitter (now X), Meta, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.

Reddit is piloting these authenticity labels with a select group of profiles. The official badge appears as a flair next to the username. For now, this feature is only available to a very small number of profiles affiliated with organizations that have existing relationships with Reddit and are eager to engage with the platform's communities.

Currently, the official badge is visible only on Reddit's iOS and Android apps. Reddit has not yet provided details about any potential application process or costs related to verification when it becomes accessible to other organizations or users.

In addition to this, Reddit is changing the way it handles automod notifications. The moderator bot will assess a comment or reply for adherence to Reddit's rules before sending a notification to users, provided the post is not removed. This change aims to eliminate "ghost" notifications, where users click on them only to find the post has already been deleted.

Meanwhile, in a separate announcement, Reddit has also disclosed its plan to implement accessibility features on its apps. In response to protests from the community following API changes last month, Reddit will make sections of its service such as the left navigation menu, profile drawer, bottom tab bar, Community page, post detail page, and Home & Popular feeds compatible with screen readers next month.

Reddit's API changes resulted in the shutdown of several apps with robust accessibility features last month. While the company exempted accessibility-focused apps from paying for its API, provided they were not commercial, moderators expressed dissatisfaction with the functionality of these apps.

After a recent wave of updates to the Reddit app, which reportedly worsened its compatibility with screen readers, the company is now set to reach out to moderators who filled out a feedback form. However, given the substantial changes to the platform in recent months, protests are ongoing, with users resorting to various methods, including using r/Place, a Reddit event, to express their discontent.